A dominant runner at OR who was so good as a true freshman that the Ducks moved incumbent 1,000-yard runner Byron Marshall to wide receiver, Freeman's four-year career yielded 5,621 yards (5.9 YPC) and 60 touchdowns in 51 games, his 79 receptions for 814 yards and four touchdowns giving further reason to expect an eventual three-down impact.
Fast forward ahead two years to Friday, and there was no hiding Chubb's joy at being formally introduced as the Broncos' No. 5 overall National Football League draft pick, standing alongside Elway and head coach Vance Joseph holding an orange jersey.
After releasing 1,000-yard rusher C.J. Anderson last month, Elway expressed confidence last week that his team could snag an impactful ball-carrier in a deep running back class. Freeman, who unleashes a powerful style from his 6-foot, 230-pound frame, is the all-time leading rusher for an OR program that boasts several prolific ball-carriers in recent seasons.
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The Broncos needed a top-tier running back after releasing C.J. Anderson in a cost-cutting move, and in Sutton they added the big playmaker their anemic offense has sorely lacked of late. If Freeman can recover successfully from his knee ailment, the Broncos may have gotten an absolute steal at running back.
"We did. And we were thrilled that he was still there, " Elway said.
"When I get on the field, I feel like I set different goals for myself", Chubb said.
"When you're ranking your wide receivers for your roster, you talk about guys having No. 1 traits, " said Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. "I am learning as I go", Sutton said. Sanders also played collegiately at SMU and has spoken occasionally to Sutton about how to reach the NFL from a a smaller college football program.More news: Amazon Launches In-Car Delivery For Prime Members
Last season, he caught 68 passes for 1,085 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The defensive end from North Carolina State was viewed as the best pass rusher in the draft.
"That motor came from always wanting to make plays", Chubb said.
"I'm excited about a guy like that. If I am going to do something, I am going to do it at 100 percent"'. "When they were coaching me, I took every single tip they gave me and ran off with it".More news: Drinking coffee during pregnancy could make babies obese, experts say
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